AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Interrupted Anesthesia - Has anyone ever come across

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Oakbrook, IL

    Default Interrupted Anesthesia - Has anyone ever come across

    AAPC: Back to School
    Has anyone ever come across having to bill interrupted time. i have had two cases last week. One was a D&C the other was an I&D od the foot, in both cases the surgeon was called on an emergent case. The patients were induced transferred to recovery then brought back to the OR 15 min later for the procedure. On the I&D the interrupted time is 0650 to 0810 surgeon not available, then patient went back to OR 0843 anesthesia end time 0916. Do you just bill for the 2nd case? any help would be appreciated


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Charleston, WV


    You can bill for both blocks of time as long as the doc was in attendance during those times. You can add the times for both blocks together, in this case 80 min + 33 min = 113 minutes, or by subtracting the time of the interruption from the total time, 146 min - 33 min = 113 minutes. Reporting the time depends on the payer and your billing software. Some want only one start and stop time so you would report the start time for the first block of time and the end time of the second block but report only 113 minutes. Some accept multiple start and stop times which makes it much easier. If using only one start and stop time, you may have to change your concurrency modifiers if the anesthesiologist was directing any other cases during the break.

Similar Threads

  1. New to anesthesia
    By MJCARRENO in forum Anesthesia
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-05-2015, 08:38 AM
  2. Help with anesthesia billing for cancelled surgical cases - PRE anesthesia
    By gschues1 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-12-2013, 02:28 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-13-2012, 07:11 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.